Road trips - saving
money while traveling by car
- Maximize gas
mileage and efficiency. A well-maintained
vehicle will go a long way to ensure carefree driving. It
is advisable to travel in a small economy car. It could be
your own or a rental. However, bear in mind, the smaller
the vehicle, and the better it will be on gas.
Minivans and sport utility vehicles are practical only if
you have to transport a large family and lots of equipment
- Keeping yourself and others entertained while on
the road is no small task. Music or books on
tape or CD, signed out from your local library, can be a
lifesaver. Solo driving can become extremely boring
especially when all others have nodded off and all falls
However, when you are actively listening, on the edge
of your driver's seat so to speak while listening to a
novel or mystery, the time passes by quite quickly.
- Pack-a-snack. Bring your own
refreshments and snacks. Gas station prices on drinks and
snack food are high. Avoid these during a pit stop, if you
are counting your travel dollars.
A cooler packed with lots of cool drinks, water and ice
and/or a thermos of coffee or hot water for tea, some
fruit, granola bars, or a sandwich, goes a long way to
still the hunger and save you money by avoiding all high
priced stops en route.
- Gas fill-ups. For filling up your car
en route, avoid pushing to the limit until the gas runs
out or filling up at or in remote locations. The rationale
in this statement: gas will obviously be more expensive,
the more remote or isolated the station is.
If you miscalculated and the light on the dashboard
indicates that you are really in need, opt for filling
just half a tank until you reach the next more densely or
major populated destination, where gas might be a little
In France, get off the autoroute when you see a major
Shopping Centre and fill up at their Service Station for
- Travel necessities. It is advisable to
be traveling with basic value-add necessities, like a cell
phone and a first aid kit. Both can prove to be essential
- Communication needs. A handy
short-term cell phone rental might be the answer for and
on your trip. The peace of mind it offers, might just be
worth the price, trouble and investment.
Cell phone long distance calls are still cheaper than ones
made from hotels or resorts. They typically add some hefty
surcharges and tend to charge higher long distance rates.